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Finally a "real" corset

Added Dec 13, 2011

by cquinn13

Fargo, North Dak...






My first ever corset with spiral boning and a busk! i used the Truly Victorian 1880s corset pattern and modified it to be an overbust. The busk went in very easily and while using a hammer to set the grommets was more of a pain in the butt than using my eyelet pliers, the two-part grommets are so nice and sturdy. I made bias binding out of the fashion fabric so it would match…it gets a bit twisty in parts, i’ve never been able to keep this from happening unfortunately. It also isn’t cinched up as far as it will go, since my boyfriend is locked up in a medical study and wasn’t there to lace it for me, so this was as good as i could get it on my own!

Material Notes

faux silk for the fashion layer and a canvas-type material for the strength layer (ok, so maybe it’s not considered “real” yet since i didn’t use coutil…)
4 flat steel bones by the grommets, the rest are spiral steel. one 14 inch busk, and 26 grommets.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Victorian
Other, Silk

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    Jan 24, 2012, 02.05 PMby Wendy Maxwell

    You’ve done a fabulous job on making the corset! I own a few but haven’t found those front clips too easy to use on one pair (are those the ‘husks’?) … & hate needing to have someone else lace up the back … so think a side zipper would be soo much easier … & if you really like the appearance of the front opening … just put a few pretty buttons or put laces up the front. A for the problem with the bias. Do you cut your bias on the cross? Cutting the fabric on the straight is usually the reason people have problems with bias twisting. If this is the problem, all issues solved! :) I know how frustrating it is because I had the same problem until I discovered how to cut it out … lol otherwise, I’m sorry for the problem & hope you get it sorted out. I’d love to be able to sew a corset … one day! :)

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      Jan 25, 2012, 07.02 PMby cquinn13

      Thank you! yeah, the busks…they make it a lot easier (for me) to lace up, and I don’t need to have sooooo much lacing. I’ve made corsets with side zippers..they work fine for a fashion look but they’re not strong enough to withstand tighter lacing, & they tend to dig in to my skin.
      The bias was cut diagonally on the fabric, and even with store bought bias binding I have this trouble. Maybe I’m just not patient enough with it, although I seem to spend forever working on it!
      Give it a shot! They’re really not as difficult as they seem :)

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    Dec 15, 2011, 05.52 AMby Denise Angela

    love your corset…..looks fabulous on you!

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      Dec 19, 2011, 05.08 AMby cquinn13

      thank you so much! :)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 07.48 PMby Testosterone


    Very fetching, and form flattering.

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      Dec 19, 2011, 05.08 AMby cquinn13

      Thank you!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 05.30 PMby svoebel

    Well executed. You are so lucky to be in Italy and have easy access to sewing notions. Corset making supplies are not easy to find. I’m envious of countries where you find specialty notion shops gathered in one small area.

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      Dec 19, 2011, 05.09 AMby cquinn13

      Thanks! I’ve been practicing :) hopefully someday soon I’ll be good enough that I can sell them. I’m actually in North Dakota and unfortunately we don’t have the notions around here but I was able to order them online for a pretty reasonable price.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.48 PMby fashionista2407

    This is nice!! I actually was supposed to use busk for my steampunk corset but.. I actually wanted to try with just the grommets in the back and it actually worked out fairly well! I LOVE this color :)

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      Dec 19, 2011, 05.11 AMby cquinn13

      I’ve made about a dozen with no busks…they do work pretty well, it’s just a pain in the butt because the laces have to be sooooo much longer and then you have a lot left over after cinching…yeah I saw this fabric and couldn’t resist (doesn’t hurt that green is my man’s favorite color either!)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 07.04 AMby blueartisan

    Very nice job!

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      Dec 19, 2011, 05.11 AMby cquinn13


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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.18 AMby CationDesigns

    That looks fabulous! Great job on your first corset! That color really suits you, too.

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      Dec 19, 2011, 05.11 AMby cquinn13

      Thank you! yeah, i love the color! wishing I’d bought more of it now…

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.17 AMby Olivia Anne

    looks amazing!

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      Dec 19, 2011, 05.12 AMby cquinn13

      Thank you :)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.19 AMby velvetribbon

    WOW! It’s really beautiful. Congratulations.

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      Dec 19, 2011, 05.12 AMby cquinn13


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    Dec 13, 2011, 10.41 PMby Redsonia

    Very well done!

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      Dec 19, 2011, 05.12 AMby cquinn13

      Thank you! I’m pretty proud of how it turned out…no MAJOR flaws at least :)

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    Dec 13, 2011, 10.09 PMby suribabe

    wow ! I like it a lot!

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      Dec 19, 2011, 05.14 AMby cquinn13

      Thanks! it was really fun to make :)

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    Dec 13, 2011, 10.08 PMby patti-r

    You did a fabulous job, looks beautiful on you!!!!!

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      Dec 19, 2011, 05.13 AMby cquinn13

      Thank you :)

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